Overwhelmed, 1-12-22

I have never been so overwhelmed with comments in all the years I’ve been writing. I am ashamed that I ever said you didn’t care – or I didn’t THINK you cared. I was wrong, so wrong. I spent the entire day at Mayo reading the wonderful comments left on the blog from so many of you readers. I feel just terrible that you thought I wasn’t interested in your lives! And I also feel bad that you “didn’t want to bother me”!

I have so enjoyed hearing about your families, your jobs, where you live and what you love! So many readers have requested that I ask you to leave your location – like our friend Jo in Wyoming. We all know where Jo lives and that’s because she signs in that way. I, too, would love to know where you’re writing from.

The next question concerned red and white quilts. The secret here is to buy solid red fabric only from Moda! I have made many red and white quilts and I do prewash even my Moda red fabric but I have never had any problems.

One reader doesn’t receive any photos – can anyone help her?

Another reader wanted to know more about each quilt. Now that is an impossible task. It would mean not only uploading the photo but highlighting the text which would need to match up to the correct quilt photo and getting it saved and moved into the WordPress location. Now really – do you think I have time for that or know how to do it? If a reader wants more info on a quilt, she will have to ask in the comment section. Which means everyone should read the comments and if there’s a question about YOUR quilt, please answer it there. I can’t even get you to put your name on the photo! How can I convince you to help answer the questions about your quilt? It is your responsibility to answer these questions – don’t forget to read through the comments if I’ve recently shown your quilt.

And now over the next day or so I will go back and read through all the comments again and post my answers . You guys have to know that I consider you real friends, don’t you? You’re going to be my only view of reality in the next few months – I wouldn’t dare get Covid – who would take care of Rick, the pets, the barn animals, the farm in general? And I can’t have him getting sick either. What would I do??

So today – it hit 50 degrees here and I cleaned the garage.

I also washed the sewing room windows and all the glass doors because my window cleaners were also coming! Oh, what a wonderful feeling! Sparkling windows! And there are so many of them!

So tomorrow when it starts raining and snowing, I can sit and look out of my clean windows – maybe I’ll even get to sew!

The chickens were like those proverbial 3rd graders who race to get to recess! They couldn’t wait to get outside today. And the goats laid out in the pasture soaking up the sun. I forgot to tell you that Hazel got a rat in the barn last week – we watched and listened to that rat in the wall for several days until it got brave enough to came out and she pounced! Yesterday was her 5th birthday and tomorrow I will try to take her birthday picture for her photo album.

Let me end with an apology to all of you that I yelled at for not leaving a comment – I LOVE your comments just like you evidently love reading the blog.

Carry on.

Mayo Clinic

I will write two posts tonight – one just about Rick and Mayo Clinic and another general blog post.

We left home Tuesday in the dark about 4:45 am and were easily in time for Rick’s first appointment. Parking attendants meet your car with a wheelchair and will then take your car to valet parking or you can drop your patient off and park in the ramp across the street. We have been using valet parking because it’s so convenient.

We had one appointment after another the whole day except for an afternoon break that we spent at the pharmacy and the Mayo Clinic Store where they loaded us up with dressing supplies. I had bags and bags of stuff to carry which I was able to hang off the handles of the wheelchair but since our car was in valet parking, I couldn’t take it to the car!

Rick’s wound will not heal until he has surgery to correct his bad circulation. I have the material in front of me – he has PAD, peripheral arterial disease and will have an Interventional Radiology Vascular Procedure on February 25 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. That’s a Friday and he will come home the same day. He/we will return Monday February 28 for an ultrasound. On February 22 he will have labs drawn and a Covid test at the Albert Lea, MN Mayo Annex.

Dr. Takahashi will put stents in the right leg – both arteries and veins are involved. I purchased a product called Juven which is a protein powder specifically formulated to heal wounds. It’s a dry powder mixed with a liquid twice a day – and it’s spendy unless you look at the big picture. You can take this to the bank – if he won’t take this stuff, I’m done with being a driver and a nurse. Now back to more about Mayo.

Grand piano in the Gondo Building lobby

For some reason I can’t load this short video –

We had not eaten one bite all day – I couldn’t leave Rick in the wheelchair and scoot down to the lobby – there simply wasn’t time so we ate at McDonalds on the way home. A Big Mac never tasted so good!

So that’s the update about Rick – for now.

More….1 -10 -22

I can tell you really enjoyed meeting my German rabbits! Yes, they are wonderful and always displayed somewhere that the cats can’t reach because they’re very fragile. And if you enjoy looking at stuff like that I have much more to show you – this could take all winter!!!

Love the muted colors here.

The following is a description and pictures of one of my favorite small cupboards.

See how the doors are thicker at the bottom? These doors are actually made from a wood shingle!

The “top” of this cupboard was made from a crate and the bottom “legs” were hand cut and added later.

It’s downright amazing that it has survived!

Two of the houses are by the same maker. I’d love to find more of them. I also have some hand carved animals that I’ll photograph and show you.

This brings me to some new rules about the blog. I know you enjoy it but I would also enjoy it more if you, the Readers, shared more about YOUR life. My life is an open book and I entertain you all the time and all you do is read it and 99.9% of you never once have left a comment. I let the blog “sit” right after it crashed even though Kayla fixed it right away thinking surely somebody will email me to find out if something is wrong. Only one person out of approx. 3500 sent me an email so you can see why I question whether it’s worth it or not. I won’t promise to answer every comment in the future but some feedback would be helpful. If you ask me a question, don’t forget to look for my answer in the comments section.

On to more interesting things. Here is the Dirty Dozen list so far this year.

Recently someone asked for the “best t-shirt quilt pattern” so I thought I’d post this again. It truly is the BEST!

Here are the reader quilts:

I absolutely love this one and plan on making it myself!
This is a quilt seen online – I love the collection of fabrics!

Here’s another little drawer unit – the square pulls are hand carved.

Also made from a wooden crate. Very primitive.

So I’ve shown you the white pitchers, the little houses and cupboards, the rabbits, the sewing caddies and the other big collections are the pincushions and the dog pictures. I’m cleaning another small area today – small animal figurines. My mom always gave me a cat for Christmas and I have many others – nothing but dust collectors but I’ve loved these animal friends for years!

Rick update – wound is looking much better – my nursing duties continue twice a day. If I had to make a living being a nurse, I’d starve to death! They have my deepest and utmost respect! We’re headed back to Mayo early tomorrow morning – first appointment is 7:30 am! We’re about the same distance away from Rochester as is Jo who has been there for several days. We are extremely lucky to live this close to one of the premier medical clinics in the world!

Don’t forget the football game tonight! I really missed Yellowstone last night but watched All Creatures Great and Small which I also loved. This has been a very long post – thanks for reading!